The program provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to learn about the field of Kinesiology in Canada, while also exploring Canadian society and culture through interactive lectures, various social activities and intercultural workshops.

What you might expect/course format

Course packages will consist of:

  • interactive in-person lectures, laboratory simulations, field experiences, team-based assignments
  • field trips to the Olympic Oval, Whistler Olympic Park, the Physical Activity Research Centre, UBC Varsity Gym, sport facilities, and the renowned International Collaboration on Research Discoveries (ICORD)Team-based assignments
  • city tours social activities, outdoor activities, sport events

For more information, please visit the Kinesiology VSP page.

Sport and Exercise Psychology

This theory-based course offers a practical overview of core topics and applications in sport and exercise psychology. The course is intended to develop students’ understanding of psychological factors that impact participation and performance in physical activity contexts. Students will have the opportunity to participate in group activities, apply knowledge to specific scenarios, and develop mental skills to demonstrate the application of psychological approaches. In particular, students are encouraged to reflect on how they can translate theoretical concepts and models into practice.

Clinical Exercise Physiology

This theoretical and lab-based course will provide an overview of clinical exercise physiology. Diverse class activities including problem-based case studies, group projects, hands-on labs to examine cardiorespiratory function, muscle function, and metabolism. The course will include visits to labs such as the world-renowned Blusson Physical Activity Research Centre (PARC) and the Gunn Pavilion to facilitate an active learning environment. Upon completion of this course, students will develop an understanding of fundamental approaches to the assessment of physiological responses to exercise; altered responses in various clinical syndromes; and how exercise prescription and exercise monitoring is applied in clinical settings for health promotion. Students will also gain an appreciation of the influence of exercise and lifestyle on the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases.

No prerequisites.

Foundations of Coaching

This introductory course to coaching provides the foundations for success in coaching. It will enable students to define scope of practice of coaches and will provide training and development skill training with supplemental knowledge in strength and conditioning, motor skill development, and performance planning. Practical outdoor sessions are offered in conjunction with the lectures to demonstrate core concepts in coaching. Upon completion of the course the student will be able to recognize the power inherent in coaching by creating their ‘coaching philosophy’ and apply processes to achieve coaching development goals. They will learn how to recognize common sport injuries and provide a safe training and competition environment, how to use games for skill acquisition, training methods applied for physical conditioning, and how to apply basic prophylactic and supportive injury prevention methods.

Sport Psychology for Coaching

This course provides a broad overview of major topics in Sport Psychology for Coaching. The student will develop an awareness of how sport and exercise psychology knowledge can be applied in coaching and understand the importance of the many mental aspects of coaching including group dynamics, motivation, leadership, coach-athlete relationships and mental skill training. Complementary activities including outdoor games, tours at sport training centers, sport facilities and research labs are designed to facilitate interactive learning.

No prerequisites.

Clinical Exercise Physiology

This theoretical and lab-based course will provide an overview of the role of clinical kinesiology in health promotion and chronic disease treatment. Diverse class activities including problem-based case studies, group projects, hands-on labs to examine cardiorespiratory function, muscle function, and metabolism will complement in-class lectures and discussions. The course will include visits to labs such as the Gunn Pavilion to facilitate an active learning environment. Upon completion of this course, students will develop an understanding of fundamental approaches to the assessment of physiological responses to exercise; altered responses in various clinical syndromes; and how exercise prescription and exercise monitoring is applied in clinical settings for health promotion. Students will also gain an appreciation of the influence of exercise and lifestyle on the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases.

Health and Physical Activity Behaviour

This psychology-based course examines how engagement in health and physical activity behaviours affect health outcomes across the lifespan, and how individual engagement can be changed by intervention and health promotion strategies. Upon completion of the course, students will gain an understanding of models of behavioural change that promote health and physical activity behaviours, along with their application towards intervention design, development, and evaluation to encourage adoption and maintenance of physical activity amongst special populations.

No prerequisites.

For VSP Kinesiology-specific questions, email Huda Hamze, Finance and Administration Manager, at huda.hamze@ubc.ca

Student testimonials

“It was an extraordinary experience for me to explore UBC and Vancouver. This summer program allowed me to have a better understanding in health and fitness through interactive class tutorial and outdoor activities. You will never regret joining it!”

– Emily Wong, VSP Kinesiology Student

“During my study, I found myself more interested in exercise physiology and sport performance, while both teachers were very patient and professional. In the practical sessions of the clinical exercise physiology, the teacher and teaching assistants were very helpful in guiding us on how to use the equipment. Also, he organized many interesting group activities. I still vividly remember the interesting experiences in health and physical activity behavior. The teacher instructed us to do lots of outdoor activities at the forest and beach. We made delicious cookies and shared with our roommates. I wish I could study in UBC again.”

– Yilin Chen, VSP Kinesiology Student